Wallace Memorial History Room
Wallace Memorial History Room

1907-11-01 Jamestowne Exposition Norfolk
1907-11-01 Jamestowne Exposition Norfolk

1963-01-02 First Chesapeake City Council
1963-01-02 First Chesapeake City Council

Wallace Memorial History Room
Wallace Memorial History Room


Membership Meeting

May 23, 2021 at 2 pm

Discovery at Norfolk's
Basilica of St. Mary's

Presented by 

Thane Harpole

Please join us for another ZOOM membership meeting at 2:00 PM on May 23, 2021. Our guest speaker will be archaeologist Mr. Thane Harpole, who will give a presentation on exciting archeological discoveries at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Norfolk. Known locally as St. Mary’s, the basilica is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Richmond, which covers most of the state of Virginia. The parish began in 1791 as Saint Patrick’s Church which burned in 1858. St. Mary’s was rebuilt on this site in 1857-1858. During recent restoration of the church, Mr. Harpole’s archeology team was called when a discovery was made of a series of crypts and tunnels beneath the church floor.


Thane Harpole received a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and History from the College of William & Mary in 1996. He completed graduate coursework for a master’s degree in Historical Archaeology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston in May 2001. Mr. Harpole has conducted extensive research on the history and archaeology of Gloucester County during the past nine years. He has also worked as an archaeologist at the William & Mary Center for Archaeological Research and George Washington’s Mount Vernon. His experience includes extensive training in field and laboratory methods and in supervising volunteers and students. Since November 2000, Mr. Harpole has been Co-Director of the Fairfield Foundation in Gloucester County, and in 2003 he became co-owner of DATA Investigations LLC, a cultural resource management company, also in Gloucester County.

To attend, feel free to email us for instructions on how to join our ZOOM meeting.

2010 Facebook Image of St Mary's Steeple

Steeple of
the Basilica of St. Mary
of the Immaculate Conception in Norfolk, Virginia

for Sale

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The Historian,

Event Calendar

May 2021

NCHSC Board Meeting (In person)

11 May  6:00pm

NCHSC Membership Meeting


23 May  2:00pm

Library Closed

30 & 31 May


June 2021

July 2021

Library Closed

4 & 5 Jul

August 2021

September 2021

Library Closed

6 Sep

NCHSC Board Meeting

14 Sep   6:00pm

NCHSC Membership Meeting

19 Sep   2:00pm

Historical Reminiscing

Robert B. Hitchings

Do you miss seeing articles about local history in the Virginian-Pilot? So do we. Not to fret!


Our Archivist/Historian and President, Robert Hitchings, shares his blog for history fans, and we are sharing it with you! 

We are also sharing his posts on Facebook. 


Historical Reminiscing with Robert B. Hitchings